Meridian Community College Police Chief Shane Williams says his staff of ten officers works to keep every student, faculty and staff member safe.
"I've heard about the incident at MSU, and it's very unfortunate," says Williams, "but my take on it is there is really nothing you can do to prevent something like that. You just have to be prepared to deal with it."
Williams says to help keep campuses safe, most colleges and community colleges now have full-time police forces, not security teams.
"The benefits for the campus is you have a sworn certified officer who is capable of making an arrest, just as any other officer would," Williams said.
There are three dorms on campus at MCC. Police say they place a high priority on the safety of the residence halls. They say one of the biggest changes in security in recent years has been improved use of technology.
"If there is anything that happens, we have Eagle alert," says Williams. "Every student, staff member will be notified via email and text letting them know the nature of the emergency, and the steps they need to take."
MSU-Meridian also employs a trained police force. All media requests are currently being fielded by staff in Starkville in light of the shooting this past weekend. No one from the local branch was able to comment Monday.